Mom Of Three Faces Financial Troubles As She Fights Agressive Cancer
In Times of Need, Northeast Pennsylvania comes to the aid of its own. In our regular column, Patrice Wilding provides a platform for area residents facing a variety of obstacles to create awareness and connect them with much-needed help.
Who: Kristina “Tina” Bedford can come across as shy when you first meet her, but when the 37-year-old Dalton resident opens up, it’s hard to get her to be quiet again, she joked. An avid do-it-yourselfer, Bedford and her fiance, Joe, love tackling remodeling projects, even tearing down trees and rebuilding retaining walls with their own hands. A mom to three kids — Isabella, 13; Cayden, 8; and Morgan, 4 — Bedford enjoys watching her children laugh and grow as they rough it with their parents on quads or just play. So it came as a blow when the independent Bedford was diagnosed with invasive carcinoma triple-negative grade III, one of the most aggressive and fastest-moving types of breast cancer, she said. The triple-negative part means that the cancer is not hormone-based, and so there is no medication available to keep it at bay. Bedford underwent a double-mastectomy on May 7 and is waiting for answers on what further treatments she will need to get well again.
What/when/where: Donations can be made online at GoFundMe.com or sent to 2242 Route 307, Dalton, PA 18414, payable to Kristina Bedford.
Why: Through her job as an insurance sales representative, Bedford did not have insurance coverage for the beginning stages of testing, though she eventually did find insurance to cover later surgeries and treatments. She also does not qualify for short-term disability, she said, and so any time she needs to take off from work, especially if chemotherapy becomes necessary, will be unpaid. Bedford’s biggest concerns are continuing to provide for her children, pay bills and keep a roof over their heads when she inevitably loses her income while in treatment.
In her own words: “I have seen the way communities have come together to support one of their own, and I know having everyone behind me will give me another reason to fight. I never thought I would be one that needs the help, and I don’t like asking for it, but this is the situation I am in. This is going to be a long, bumpy road, but I can guarantee that I am going to fight this and come out stronger than I was before. There is no way that I can thank everyone or repay the support I receive; just know that all of you are in my heart.” — Kristina Bedford
Update: Amanda’s Adventure, a benefit held Saturday for Eynon mom of two Amanda Snyder Kelley, who is recovering from surgery and treatment for papillary thyroid cancer, was more successful than organizers had hoped it to be. More than 320 people showed their support for Kelley, whose spirits are up as she looks to the end of summer when she will be checked for progress with another PET scan. Donations still can be made at GoFundMe.com or sent to Honesdale National Bank, 202 Betty St., Archbald, PA 18403, payable to Amanda’s Adventure.